We came as part of a golf holiday.Course very challenging!!
The hotel was excellently situated high above the town of Funchal with the lovely Palheiro gardens adjacent to the hotel.
Rooms were comfortable and the service was absolutely first class.
We had meals in the restaurant (excellent) or at the golf clubhouse ( great views) which were also good.
Whilst a car would be good , the hotel runs a free bus into Funchal and back twice a day.
A tour of the island would be best taken with a taxi